The Economist position is in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Research in the Division of Research, Markets, and Regulations (RMR). The Office of Research formulates and guides economic research, and provides information, analytical support, and technical advice to inform the Bureau's rule-making, enforcement, and supervision functions.Learn more about this agency
The Economist conducts rigorous economic analysis of complex topics and leads the CFPB's research on consumer financial markets and consumer financial decision making. Economists also collaborate with other parts of the CFPB that are responsible for monitoring developments in consumer financial markets, rule-making, supervision, enforcement, and financial education.
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The following are the duties of this position at the CN-60 (Equivalent to GS-14). If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
- Analyze, synthesize, interpret, and provide information, analysis, technical advice, and recommendations on current developments in consumer financial markets and products. Support analysis with statistical, mathematical, and econometric methods and techniques; economics theory; and judgment.
- Develop and maintain econometric models of consumer economic behavior for use in policy analysis.
- Analyze issues and emerging trends in consumer financial services markets and develop or evaluate proposals for policy or regulatory changes. Analyze potential economic effects of proposed policies or regulations on competition and consumers.
- Initiate, develop, and carry out original research or projects designed to support the policy analysis responsibilities of the office. Initiate, develop, and carry out research on consumer financial product markets designed to understand how these markets function and the behavior, decisions, and interactions of households and firms in these markets.
- Establish methods and systems to collect quantitative and qualitative information to support formulating and implementing policies related to consumer behavior, consumer credit markets, and consumer financial services markets.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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- Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S National
The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.
QualificationsIn addition to the above basic requirements, you must meet at least one of the following within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement:
Specialized experience for the CN-60: For the CN-60, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the CN-53 grade level in the Federal service (For qualification purposes, the CN-53 is broadly equivalent to the GS-13). For this position, specialized experience must include:
- Independently conducting research or analysis to define potential economic risks and/or statistics for reports intended for publication in relevant government or industry publications or academic journals in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, labor economics, industrial organization, development economics, public economics, health economics, finance, behavioral economics, urban economics, and/or experimental economics.
- Conducting primary research using economic data or developing economic models that provided statistical results to be used in writing working papers in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, labor economics, industrial organization, development economics, public economics, health economics, finance, behavioral economics, urban economics, and/or experimental economics or teaching in these areas as an Assistant Professor at the college or university level.
- Collecting and analyzing economic data or developing economic models for the purpose of preparing primary research in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, labor economics, industrial organization, development economics, public economics, health economics, finance, behavioral economics, urban economics, and/or experimental economics; or conducting economic analysis in these areas as an economist or consultant
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degreein a related field that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education.
Candidates who are in the process of completing qualifying education requirements will be considered as long as the requirements are completed within 9 months from the closing date of this vacancy.
You MUST submit transcripts or equivalent.
Education Requirements: You MUST submit transcripts or equivalent.
Basic Requirements: Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. OR Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications for the CN-52 level.” Candidates who are in the process of completing qualifying education requirements will be considered as long as the requirements are completed within 9 months from the closing date of this vacancy.
The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
-Ethics: CFPB employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at www.oge.gov. In addition, CFPB employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by CFPB. CFPB’s regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the CFPB ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at www.consumerfinance.gov. Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the CFPB Ethics Office at EthicsHelp@cfpb.gov.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
Subject Matter Expertise: Knowledge of economic theories, models, and techniques; applying specialized knowledge in support of the Bureau's mission; developing knowledge and sharing knowledge with others.
Written Communication: Chooses appropriate communication modes and mediums and prepares written materials that are accurate, clear, and responsive to requests. (MUST submit a job market paper).
Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A, B or C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package. Documents can be uploaded under the category of “Cover Letter”.
All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.
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CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents you must submit in order to be eligible.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
JOB MARKET PAPER - A job market paper is required to be considered for this position. You MUST upload a job market paper which you have authored.
***Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
CFPB determines the salary offer for each selectee based primarily on three key factors:
- The selectee’s directly related experience at the same level as the positon
- The selectee’s overall experience in a particular industry or area
- The salaries of other CFPB employees in similar positions and with similar levels of experience.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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